‘Deeply disappointing’ Royal Adelaide Show cancels over coronavirus

The Royal Adelaide Show has been cancelled for this year in what organisers are calling a “deeply disappointing” decision.

The show was to be held in September, but the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA said the “carefully evaluated” decision was made to protect the health of the public.

“Top of mind for us has been about the health and safety of the many show-goers who come to the Royal Show each year and of course the many competitors, exhibitors, judges, stewards, volunteers and staff who are involved with putting on such a large event,” said John Rothwell, the organisation’s CEO.

“In the end, we’ve made a decision that we will cancel the 2020 show and our next show will be in 2021.”

The organisers said given the uncertainty around when the current lockdown restrictions would be lifted made it “unworkable” to hold the event.

“The decision not to go ahead with the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show has not been taken lightly,” the society said in a statement.

There had only been four previous reasons for the show not being held in its 181-year history including both World Wars, the Victorian Gold Rush in 1852 and the Spanish Flu pandemic.

“It will be disappointing for many, but I’m sure South Australians will be excited for its return in 2021,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said in a tweet.